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What Goes with Shrimp (20 Delicious Side Dishes)

If you want to know what goes with shrimp, go with your personal taste. The best side dishes and condiments are the ones you like.

broiled shrimp and fried shrimp

There are certain things, like lemon juice or lime juice, that most people serve with shrimp because they enhance the flavor. In fact, I always include lemon and lime juice.

Easy Side Dish Ideas for Shrimp Dinners

Whether shrimp is the main dish or you’re serving shrimp cocktail before a meal, a great way to take dinner to next-level goodness is to offer the perfect side dish. 

You can make grilled shrimp (from Southern Bite), fried shrimp, or this quick coconut shrimp (from Taste of Home). Another is this delicious broiled lemon dill shrimp. Whatever you choose will impress your guests who may be intimidated by cooking this popular shellfish.

But the best part is that it’s an easy dinner main dish. Add a few easy sides, and dinner is ready!

Granted, there are times when I’ve take the easy way out and served it with plain white rice or pasta. But that’s okay for a quick meal because not every single dish has to knock it out of the park.

However, if you’re cooking a special meal, you’ll want to make special food. And to be honest, it’s not any more difficult to prepare most of these dishes I’ve listed below.

Flavorful Condiments to Go with Shrimp

In addition to side dishes, you’ll need to add some condiments. That way, each person can choose what they like.

Here are some condiment ideas to include:

  • Shrimp cocktail sauce
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic butter
  • Sweet chili sauce
  • Green onions
  • Juicy tomatoes
  • Garlic powder
  • Feta cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Variety of fresh herbs

Side Dishes for Shrimp Dinner

Next time you serve a shrimp dinner, include one or more of these delicious side dishes to make the meal even more special!

After Dinner

Don’t forget about dessert. If you have a favorite, serve that. Or choose any of my family favorites listed below.

Special Desserts

Whenever you’re cooking shrimp for a special occasion, you’ll want to include dessert. I have a bunch of desserts that are easy to make and oh-so delicious!

Here are some desserts that are perfect to finish off a shrimp dinner:

Coconut Balls – This yummy but easy dessert is ideal for those times when you want a light finger food type of treat after any meal. 

Pineapple Pie – Made with just the right amount of Cool Whip, this light and fluffy pineapple pie gives you just the right amount of sweetness to make your tastebuds very happy.

Scotcheroos – No baking is necessary to make these amazingly tasty scotcheroos. They’re a cookie bar that will have everyone asking for the recipe.

Hummingbird Cake – Make this cake from Out of the Box Baking to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

Blueberry Sauce – This easy sauce is delicious on ice cream, pound cake, or anything you want to put it on.

Mint Chocolate Brownies – Cool, refreshing, yet decadently delicious, these mint chocolate brownies are a wonderful way to end the meal.

Lemon Bars – Tart, sweet, and all things wonderful, brighten up any meal by finishing it off with these wonderful and delicious lemon bars!

Level Up Your Shrimp Dinner

Serve one or more of the side dishes above to take your dinner to the next level. And if you want to really impress dinner guests, provide a little finger bowl of cold water along with a towel for each person.

fried shrimp and broiled shrimp

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